If you're a working parent, you might envy the extra time your friends without children have to focus on their careers. Well, you can now take comfort in the fact that the stress is now scientifically proven to pay off. According to a new study, the more children you have, the more productive you are at work.
Researchers at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis found that, over the course of a 30-year career, female economists with children outperformed their childless counterparts at almost every stage of their career. Male economists also benefited from having more kids, though the effects wasn't as strong as that in women.
According to the study, "mothers of at least two children are, on average, more productive than mothers of only one child, and mothers in general are more productive than childless women. Fathers of at least two children are also more productive than fathers of one child and childless men."
The Washington Post does offer a significant caveat to the study, which examined more than 10,000 academic economists: